Space station crew to re-position Soyuz

June 25, 2010 at 2:25 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The crew of the International Space Station is preparing to move a docked Russian spacecraft to a different research module, a mission control official said.

The Soyuz TMA-19 will undock Monday from the Zvezda module and dock with the Rassvet research module in a 28-minute maneuver, RIA Novosti reported.

"The crew, comprising Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and U.S. astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, is carrying out a three-hour training session … in preparation for the maneuver," the official said Friday.

The Soyuz crew joined other members of the ISS crew, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko, and U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, on June 18 when the Soyuz TMA-19 docked with the orbital station.

The Soyuz-TMA, the most recent version of the Soyuz spacecraft family, was designed under the U.S.-Russian joint program on the ISS.

The TMA version first flew to the space station in 2002, RIA Novosti reported.

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